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Rudy Tomjanovich is a Houston Rockets’ icon!

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 13 September 2016 at 6:15 pm

Forward Rudy Tomjanovich was a really, really good basketball player for the Houston Rockets, but he will probably be remembered more for being their head coach, as he led them to NBA Championships in both 1993-94 and 1994-95 in that role.  Those are still the only two NBA Championships in Houston Rockets’ history!

Tomjanovich played in 768 games in his 11 years as a player for the Rockets, in which he averaged 17.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.  He also played in 37 games in the playoffs for the Rockets in which he averaged 28.1 minutes, 13.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.  Tomjanovich was a All-Star six times in his 11 years with the Rockets!  His best season came back in 1973-74, when he played in 80 games in which he averaged 40.3 minutes, 24.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game.  He is still #3 in points scored in Rockets’ history with 13,383 of them!  He is also still #3 in games played (768), #5 in offensive rebounds (1,173), #5 in defensive rebounds (2,783) and he is still #4 in total rebounds (6,198) in Rockets’ history.

Tomjanovich compiled a 503-397 (55.9%) record during the regular season in his 12 years as the head coach of the Houston Rockets.  He was also 51-39 (56.7%) in the playoffs as the Rockets’ head coach.  In 1993-94, Tomjanovich led the Rockets to a 58-24 (70.7%) regular season record and he led them on a 15-8 (65.2%) run in the NBA Playoffs to win the first NBA Championship in Rockets’ history.  He followed that up by leading the Rockets to a 47-35 (57.3%) regular season record in 1994-95.  He then when 15-7 in the playoffs (68.2%) to win a second NBA Championship in Rockets’ history!

If there was a Houston Rockets’ Mount Rushmore, Rudy Tomjanovich would have his face there!

The Houston Rockets made a big mistake in the 2006 NBA Draft

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Draft Report by joelapinski on Thursday 27 June 2013 at 12:56 pm

The Rockets made a great pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, when they selected shooting guard Rudy Gay with the #8 overall pick.  Then the big mistake came as they dealt Gay along with forward Stromile Swift to the Vancouver Grizzlies for SG/SF Shane Battier.  Battier played in 348 games (340 starts) in his five years with the Rockets and he averaged 34.2 minutes, 8.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.  Battier is still #5 in Rockets’ history in three pointers made (576).  Battier was a decent player for the Rockets, but Rudy Gay is one of the better SG/SF in the NBA right now.

Moses Malone was an awesome player for the Houston Rockets

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 6 June 2013 at 11:22 am

As good as Hakeem Olajuwon was for the Rockets, Moses Malone was better.  Malone’s career really started to take off with the Rockets early on in his career.  Malone dominated the paint and he was an incredible offensive player for the Rockets.  In 1978-79, Malone played in 82 games in which he averaged 41.3 minutes, 24.8 points, 17.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.5 blocked shots per game.  He was also awesome in 1981-82, when he played in 81 games for the Rockets in which he averaged 42.0 minutes, 31.1 points, 14.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.5 blocked shots per game.  Malone played in 464 games in his six years with the Rockets and he averaged 38.3 minutes, 24.0 points, 15.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.6 blocked shots per game.  Malone is still #2 in offensive rebounds (3,009) in Rockets’ history.  He is also #2 in defensive rebounds (3,950), #3 in total rebounds (6,959), #3 in blocked shots (758) and #5 in points scored (11,119) in Rockets’ history.  Malone was elected into Basketball’s Hall of Fame in 2011.

Rodney McCray was a solid player for the Houston Rockets

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by alleyoop on Sunday 13 January 2013 at 6:12 pm

SG/SF Rodney McCray was a solid player for the Rockets. He played in 405 games (361 starts) in his five years with the Rockets and he averaged 33.4 minutes, 12.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. His best season with the Rockets came back in 1986-87, when he played in 81 games (all starts) in which he averaged 38.7 minutes, 14.4 points, 7.1 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game while shooting a very impressive 55.2% from the floor. McCray is still #8 in offensive rebounds (955) and #10 in defensive rebounds (1,763) in Rockets’ history.

Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon is easily the best player in the history of the Houston Rockets

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by alleyoop on Saturday 1 December 2012 at 4:08 pm

Center Hakeem Olajuwon was the best player on the best teams in Houston Rockets’ history. He played in 1,177 games in his 17 years with the Rockets and he averaged 36.4 minutes, 22.5 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.8 steals and 3.2 blocked shots per game. Olajuwon is the Rockets’ all-time leader in games played (1,177), points (26,511), rebounds (13,382), steals (2,088) and blocked shots (3,740). He is also #3 in Rockets’ history in assists with 2,992 of them. Olajuwon was elected into Basketball’s Hall of Fame in 2008. Back when Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson played together, they were nicknamed the Twin Towers!

Ralph Sampson was an outstanding player for the Houston Rockets

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by alleyoop on Thursday 26 May 2011 at 10:50 am

C/PF Ralph Sampson was only on the Houston Rockets for 5 years, but they were good ones. Sampson played in 305 games (291 starts) in his five seasons with the Rockets and he averaged 35.0 minutes, 19.7 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.9 blocked shots per game. Sampson is still #8 in Rockets’ history in rebounds (3,189) and he’s also #4 in blocked shots (585).Sampson was part of the “Twin Towers” with Hakeem Olajuwon as they were both over 7 feet tall. A lot of people remember Sampson because of when he got thrown out of a game in the NBA finals when he got into it with backup point guard Jerry Sichting. Celtics’ coach K.C. Jones had to cover his mouth to cover up his glee about it. But, Sampson played in 20 playoffs games in 1985-86 and he averaged 37.1 minutes, 20.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.8 blocked shots. Sampson was never the same as a player after he left the Rockets.

Kenny Smith ran the offense for the Houston Rockets when they were a championship team

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by alleyoop on Wednesday 13 January 2010 at 5:51 pm

Point guard Kenny “The Jet” Smith is more than just Charles Barkley’s partner on TNT NBA broadcasts. He was also the starting point guard for the 1993-94 and the 1994-95 Houston Rockets who won NBA Championships. Smith played in 468 games in his six seasons with the Rockets and he averaged 29.3 minutes, 12.6 points, 1.9 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.0 steal per game. Despite only playing six years with the Rockets, Smith is #5 all-time in assists in team history with 2,457. He also is tied for tenth in Rockets’ history with 467 steals. Smith was a very solid player on Hakeem Olajuwon’s team.